Aickin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Aickin were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Aickin family

The surname Aickin was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they originated in the old barony of Akyne. Some of the first records of the name were Atkyn de Barr in 1340 [1] and later in 1405, "John of Akyne, a Scottish merchant petitioned for the return of his ship and goods illegally seized in England." [2] The name and all it's variants are double diminutives of Adam, formed from 'Ad,' the diminutive of Adam + 'kin' [2]

Early History of the Aickin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aickin research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, 1520, 1744, 1773, 1613, 1687, 1676, 1680, 1687, 1613, 1654, 1613, 1642 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Aickin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aickin Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Aickin has appeared as Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

Early Notables of the Aickin family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aickin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Aickin family to Ireland

Some of the Aickin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Aickin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Aickin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Aickin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Agnes Aickin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • John Aickin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • William Aickin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Casement Aickin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Aickin (post 1700) +

  • Francis Aickin (d. 1805), or Aikin, Irish actor, born in Dublin and brought up to the trade of his father, a weaver in that city, older brother of James Aickin [3]
  • James Aickin (d. 1803), or Aikin, Irish actor, the younger brother of Francis Aickin, and like him brought up to be a weaver [3]


The Aickin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Robore et vigilantia
Motto Translation: Strength and vigilance.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019


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